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Trump to Nominate Noel Francisco to Be Solicitor General

  • He has served as acting solicitor general since inauguration
  • Francisco was former clerk to late Justice Antonin Scalia
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President Donald Trump said he will nominate appellate lawyer Noel Francisco to be U.S. solicitor general and serve as the administration’s top advocate at the Supreme Court.

Francisco has been both deputy and acting solicitor general since Trump’s inauguration in January, though the lawyer has disqualified himself from some early cases because of the involvement of his former law firm. Most notably, Francisco wasn’t available to argue on behalf of Trump’s temporary travel ban before a federal appeals court blocked it last month. Trump made the announcement in a statement Tuesday.